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After picking up Sophie and Simon from the airport in Iraklion we motored across to the deserted island of Dhia where we spent a couple of very
peaceful nights anchored in a tiny bay surrounded by high rocky cliffs. A good
place to start their holiday, relaxing, swimming, rock climbing and barbequing
off the back off the boat.
From there we followed the coast West, motoring into the
gentle breeze until we arrived at Bali
Bay. This bay has
beautifully clear water with three sandy beaches and several tavernas, shops
and bars ashore.
It was a lovely swim to the beach and Sophie enjoyed a bit
We anchored for a couple of nights and then set off West
again to the port of Rethimno, an old Venetian town and harbour full of tiny
streets crammed with local shops selling spices, soaps, and every kind of local
raki and ouzo. After a tasting session we succumbed and bought a small bottle
of ouzo with cinnamon which sounds disgusting but is very drinkable!
shows Simon some of the navigation equipment !
The next day we decided to hire a couple of scooters and
explore, Sophie was a bit unsure about riding on the back but in the end she
loved it !
We wandered around some typical old Greek towns, not a
tourist to be seen.
Coffee was interesting – a very small cup of muddy
water, no wonder it is served with a glass of water to help it down !
Lunch stop was Argyroupolis a watery oasis formed by
mountain springs which rush down the walls and spout out of everywhere supplying
the entire city of Rethymno with fresh water. The restaurants serve fresh water
trout and local lamb all cooked on wood fires, delicious.
From there we walked around a beach resort along the coast
and then finished our tour in the next large town of Hania.